update: a hike to the rotmoos valley

spring gentian (gentiana verna)

after biodiversity day in early june, alice and i decided to stay in obergurgl another day and go on a hike to the rotmoos valley. the valley was presumably named after the many moors and bogs in the area, covered in red sphagnum mosses (rotmoos = red moss).
it’s sort-of a massive colonization experiment: the rotmoos glacier in this valley (like most other glaciers) has been retreating in the last 70 years, laying open some totally uninhabitated space, which is slowly being colonized by plants and animals from the vicinity.

[view photos: a hike to the rotmoos valley]

update: oops, i forgot to include two panorama images. i’ve just added them.

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